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Claassens happy to join Toulon

 Jul 08,2013
Written by: SARugby.com Editor
 

Michael Claassens is thrilled by his impending arrival at Heineken Cup winners Toulon where he will join a number of his countrymen.

The former Springbok scrum-half (eight caps) recently visited Toulon to finalise the last details of his contract with RCT.

After arriving at Bath from the Cheetahs in 2007, Claassens rapidly became one of the best players in his position in the Premiership and won the Challenge Cup in 2008 against Worcester.

During his stay in the Mediterranean city, Claassens declared that he is "delighted to join RCT. I came here to face a great challenge at one of the best clubs in the world.

"There will be a lot of expectation and that excites me.”

He also explained that the large Springbok contingent already playing for the club was extra motivation to make the move.

“The fact that there are many South Africans in the club (Danie Rossouw, Bryan Habana, Danie Rossouw, Joe van Niekerk) also influenced my decision. I would be glad to play alongside side them.”

 The snowball effect of South African players joining Toulon is quite impressive. After Victor Matfield in 2007, Van Niekerk in 2008, Botha in 2011, Rossouw, Habana, Claassens in 2013, Schalk Burger and Janie and Bismark Du Plessis are rumoured to be joining the club next year.

 

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